Sonceria “Ann” Berry was sworn in as the Senate’s new secretary Monday afternoon, becoming the first Black American and eighth woman to hold the appointed position.
A veteran Senate aide, Berry most recently served as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Former US attorney considering Senate run in Vermont as Republican The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sen. Kaine, drivers stranded in I-95 backup MORE (D-Vt.), who swore her in for her new role.
“We begin this week on a joyful note welcoming an upstanding individual to serve as the new Secretary of the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE (D-N.Y.) said following Berry’s swearing in. Schumer named her to the position in February.
Sonceria Ann Berry is sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Senate. pic.twitter.com/fW9TlZmrLU— CSPAN (@cspan) March 1, 2021
Schumer added that Berry’s elevation to the position was a “testament to her outstanding career as a public servant of the highest caliber over her 40 years in Washington.”
The Secretary of the Senate has existed since 1789, when Congress was still in its infancy. Per the Senate website, the upper chamber’s secretary is responsible for a wide array of “legislative, financial and administrative functions” in support of the legislative body’s “day-to-day operations.”
The Senate this week is expected to confirm two more of President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE’s Cabinet nominations — Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks School infrastructure is a children's human rights issue — it's time the US acknowledges that The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 Capitol attack back in spotlight MORE for Education secretary and Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks US and UK start formal talks over Trump's steel, aluminum tariffs There's a long road ahead for the infrastructure bill to reach success MORE (D) for Commerce secretary.
During his remarks, Schumer also signaled that the Senate would take up Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed the House on Friday.
Any version of the bill that’s passed by the Senate is almost guaranteed to be different than the House’s version, as moderate Democrats and Republicans have balked at multiple parts of the legislation.